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Comparing the types of support for dental bridges in San Francisco

Types of Dental Bridges from San Francisco Dentist

When the loss of even one tooth occurs, the structure, function, and health of the mouth is affected, and the patients’ oral health is at risk. Because of this, addressing missing teeth promptly is crucial. When the loss occurs between healthy teeth, the most appropriate solution is likely a dental bridge.

Either dental implants or dental crowns can be used to support a bridge. We will explain the difference between these two options to help our patients in San Francisco, and beyond, make an informed decision.

Dental bridges supported by crowns

A traditional dental bridge is typically anchored to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. The teeth are shaped and covered with dental crowns to ensure the strength and health of these teeth, because they will act as support for the restoration. The process begins by reducing the anchor teeth to accommodate the crowns. Impressions of the prepared teeth and mouth are taken and used to design the bridge. The replacement teeth are fused between the crowns to fill the space left by missing teeth. There are advantages and disadvantages to this type of restoration.

Advantages – The treatment is quick and easy. This non-invasive treatment can usually be completed in a couple of weeks with just two appointments. This is the most affordable option.

Disadvantages – The biggest drawback to this option is that two teeth that are likely healthy must be significantly altered. Additionally, the loss of tooth roots is not addressed, which can lead to bone loss in the jaw.

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Dental bridges supported by implants

Dental implants are small posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. The bone fuses with the implant, creating an extremely strong foundation for a restoration. The multi-step process involves placing the implant and, after a period of healing, an abutment (connector) is attached to the implant. In the final step, the restoration is placed on the abutment. There are advantages and disadvantages to this option as well.

Advantages – Dental implants are more comfortable and secure, and longer lasting than any other restoration. They function, look, and feel like natural teeth, and they are just as easy to care for. Additionally, implants replace the tooth root, which preserves the integrity of the jawbone.

Disadvantages – The biggest disadvantage to implants is the lengthy procedure. It can take 6 to 12 months to complete. Additionally, the cost of implant supported dental bridges is significantly higher than the type supported by dental crowns.

Dr. Arellano and his team work with patients in San Francisco and the surrounding areas to help them find the best option to meet their needs, schedule, and budget. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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